White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany denounced on Thursday the group of violent supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed the Capitol on Wednesday.
“Let me be clear, the violence we saw yesterday at our nation’s capital was appalling, reprehensible, and antithetical to the American Way,” McEnany said. “We condemn it – the president and this administration – in the strongest possible terms.”
McEnany mourned those who lost their lives in the protest and praised the Capitol Hill police responding to the riots as “true American heroes.” She also voiced support for the president’s “peaceful” protesters in Washington, DC, that day, differentiating them from those perpetrating violence.
“What we saw yesterday was a group of violent rioters undermining the legitimate First Amendment rights of the many thousands who came to peacefully have their voices heard in our nation’s capital,” she said.
McEnany spoke for about two minutes from the podium